Following the EELS' tour accompanying their eleventh studio album, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, Everett took a break from music. During this period, he met a Scottish woman employed in the film industry, whom he ended up marrying. At the age of 54, Everett became a father for the first time, his then-wife having given birth to their son, Archie McGregor Everett. It was during this recording that he worked with long-time hero and influence Tom Waits
For example, Going Fetal features a yelping Tom Waits and a rhythm track designed to throw out your back. Lyrically, it delves deeply into Everett’s psyche, issuing thoughts on the love-hate relationship with his father, his mother’s death to cancer, his sister’s suicide, and his own hopes for the future, which mostly come courtesy of his wife. Mark Oliver Everett, who records under the moniker Eels, spent eight years writing and recording this 33-song, 94-minute double album, releasing several other notable albums in the interim.
Over 90 minutes and 33 songs, E opens his own, personal Pandora's Box and lets everything out musically, lyrically, and emotionally. This is the most searingly personal album E and his ad hoc stable of cohorts have recorded since Electro-Shock Blues - though it's not as unremittingly dark. The handsomely designed double digipack is adorned with familial photographs - including a cover shot of his mother as a child.
LP 4 is a 17 track live album, recorded in Manchester in 2005. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Each LP has its own cover with rice paper dust sleeve. Other Versions (5 of 12) View All. Cat.
From Which I Came/A Magic World. Marie Floating Over the Backyard (instrumental). In the Yard, Behind the Church. Railroad Man. The Other Shoe. Understanding Salesmen. Theme for a Pretty Girl That Makes You Believe God Exists.
Where the morbid Electro-Shock Blues was still confessional, it seemingly never gave enough time for the reaction of problem after problem to fully develop. More a soundtrack to an existence than anything else, Eels certainly manage to justify the length of the 2005 output – instrumental intermission Marie Floating Over The Backyard is captivating, with echoing wails paving the way for the equally, comparably dark Suicide Life – both piano ballads next to one another, but somehow both are significant.